500 movies whose poster art has been influenced by the colour yellow. Its taken a few months a lot of…
Meet The Original Force Of Nature
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Film #15 of the June Challenge
There once was a land of wood
where hollies bloomed like nothing else could
In it sat a man, quite the shnook
In his hands was a children's book
This man was an executive of 35
or so this author might contrive
He was a man of astonishing greed
From piles of money he would feed!
He did not understand the words of the book
it was why he did not even own a Nook.
But his was a job that did not require knowing how to read
All he had to do was lead.
So he enlisted several men
to make a film for children of ten
It would not be short, it…
The Lorax is another example of a Dr. Seuss’ film adaptation that has failed to capture the charm of the book. They’ve taken a simple and timely fable and turned it into a loud and garish bore that labours on its environmental message whilst failing to actually entertain its audience. The story centres on a 12-year-old boy who escapes the confines of his artificial city - Thneedville - to find a real tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. There he meets the reclusive Once-ler who tells him the story of The Lorax, the guardian of the forest, and how Thneedville came into being.
Dr. Seuss’ cautionary tale about greed and environmentalism is buried somewhere in this…
Bad memories in my life:
Getting made fun of by Erin Olsen in 8th grade.
Having surgery at a hospital.
The music in The Lorax.
At the forefront of culture, where sentiment’s free,
There’s a well-meaning well-spring of sanctimony.
A clattering chatter of serious chaps
Come to warn us of doom; Eco-horror collapse!
And plastic doohickeys that suck out the soul
Of we miserable fools, our dead hearts black as coal.
“Oh woe, these poor dopes — grasping, ignorant saps
With their claptrap and waffle and counterfeit crap.
Don’t they see,” cry the men, their hands wringing in fear,
“What dire fate lies in wait if our cries they don’t hear?”
So they commenced their project, to adapt a great book,
Spent ALL OF THE DOLLARS, begged, “Please, you must look!”
And what did they give us? A veritable onslaught
Of ads and promotions, TV…
Vibrant and colorful, but oh-so-unfunny! I can't honestly recall a single moment where The Lorax made me laugh. Not even a hearty chuckle or a related thought of amusement. And clearly I'm not alone in being underwhelmed by this film.
I've never read any of the children's books by the beloved Dr. Seuss, but I can scarcely imagine this doing any kind of justice to the original story. It means well I'm sure, but the eco-friendly message at its core holds no subtlety whatsoever, while simulatenously struggling to be hip, in an obvious attempt to keep the tweens from reaching for their cell phones.
They overdo it bit also with the inherent bubbliness; sharing similarities with what often feels like…
"The Lorax" spends much of its running time bludgeoning its audience. It bludgeons with noise; it bludgeons with color; it bludgeons with cute forest critters; and it bludgeons with its message. There is not an ounce of subtlty in this adaptation of Dr. Seuss' environmentally aware tale.
Beginning with a stage-setting musical number that is full of attitude, "The Lorax" sets off on a bold and boisterous adventure. The trouble is that, exhaustingly, the boisterousness rarely lets up, leaving the adult audience hungry for a moment of quiet while the younger audience revels in the sensory overload of the appropriately Seussian landscape.
Overall, however, the film has enough genuinely funny, entertaining, and moving moments to salvage the experience. The voice talent is more than solid; the musical numbers are less than cloying; and the visuals are, happily, straight out of the pages of Seuss. "The Lorax" may not be refined, but is a more than passable animated fable.
Love this story, love the message. Gets even more heavy handed than it needs to at the end with the final song, but couldn't ruin it for me.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Bonus Movie a Day - Day 60
I was at a social gathering and someone put this on, so while I was only kinda-sorta paying attention, I still was paying enough attention to feel like I legitimately watched this again, even though I had zero desire to ever do so. I didn't care much for it when I saw it initially, and it seemed even worse this time. This is what happens when you take a 10-minute story and pad it out to 10x that length with nothing remotely significant or original.
I missed out on this for whatever reason 2 years back when it was in theaters, and I'm really disappointed in myself because of it.
The Lorax is probably my favorite book of Dr Seuss's, and I remember reading it over and over again cover to cover as a kid. The images he always had on each page, the crazy and wondrous machines, and the characters themselves were just so much fun to see and read.
And this movie was able to pull it off. The adorable animal creatures in the forest and Danny Devito on his own as the Lorax are fantastic, and throughout the Onceler's flashback, it all seemed to be a wonderful place just to go to,…
It's been a long time since I read any Dr. Seuss, so all I remember about this book was the eco-friendly theme. I was pretty reluctant to go see the movie because I was afraid it might get a little preachy. I just can't stand kids movies with a political agenda. I was quite surprised that the movie didn't really push the environmental agenda, the world in the movie is so disconnected from reality after all. So that knocked out my primary concern, but what about the rest of the film?
Well the voice cast isn't bad. Danny Devito seemed slightly wasted as the Lorax, because his part was so insignificant. In fact I didn't like the way the story…
Not the best animation/looking characters, but I like the story. It's like Wall-E.
I never thought about watching this film but I thought "why not, it's animated I have to see it". I just hate that the entire film was someone telling a story, I don't know....I'm use to that stuff, but in this movie it was just meh. I was atleast hoping that since I had no expectations I'd come out pleasantly suprised. I wasn't. Tayor Swift was cute in though.
gave up 10 min in
This is the quote they highlight from the Onceler
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not."
I would have gone with one from the Lorax himself:
"A tree falls in the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean."
We watched this with the boys, and at the end I asked them what they thought the moral of the story was. Mr 9 offered up:
"If you're going to do something bad, only do it a little bit."
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